Dr. Ruoyu Hu


Laboratoire Ampère
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Université de Lyon
36 avenue Guy de Collongue
69134 Ecully cedex

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the transfer of metallic contaminants and nutrients in the soil to plants and their effects on microorganisms and plants. I am passionate about discovering the associations and interactions between plant roots and fungi, particularly mycorrhizal symbioses. My PhD project focused on the mobility and transfer of a group of widely used metallic elements,  rare earth elements, from soil to plants by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. My current work involves investigating arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their interactions in the nitrogen cycle (see project FUNCTION).

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2021-Present, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecole Central de Lyon


  • 2021 – PhD in Geoscience, University of Lorraine, France
  • 2017 – Master in Erasmus Mundus Marine Environment and Resources, University of Bordeaux, France
  • 2015 – Bachelor in Aquatic Science and Technology, Southwest University, China


Hu, R., Beguiristain, T., De Junet, A., Leyval, C., 2020b. No significant transfer of the rare earth element samarium from spiked soil to alfalfa by Funneliformis mosseae. Mycorrhiza 30, 761–771.

Hu, R., Beguiristain, T., De Junet, A., Leyval, C., 2020a. Bioavailability and transfer of elevated Sm concentration to alfalfa in spiked soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27, 44333–44341.

Abdou, M., Schäfer, J., Hu, R., Gil-Díaz, T., Garnier, C., Brach-Papa, C., Chiffoleau, J.F., Charmasson, S., Giner, F., Dutruch, L., Blanc, G., 2019. Platinum in sediments and mussels from the northwestern Mediterranean coast: Temporal and spatial aspects. Chemosphere 215, 783–792.

Abdou, M., Dutruch, L., Schäfer, J., Zaldibar, B., Medrano, R., Izagirre, U., Gil-Díaz, T., Bossy, C., Catrouillet, C., Hu, R., Coynel, A., Lerat, A., Cobelo-García, A., Blanc, G., Soto, M., 2018. Tracing platinum accumulation kinetics in oyster Crassostrea gigas, a sentinel species in coastal marine environments. Science of the Total Environment 615, 652–663.